Author Archives: Marin Rose

American Ballet Theatre Mixed Repertory

Tuesday night’s performance by American Ballet Theatre (ABT) at The Kennedy Center was pleasant enough for the price – last minute tickets sold for $25 – if not entirely inspiring. Two of the four pieces from the mixed repertory performance … Continue reading

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The Joffrey Ballet

If you haven’t yet seen the new documentary “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance,” find a screening and go! The movie eloquently traces the history and contributions of the Joffrey Ballet, which started from nothing and became a leading force in … Continue reading

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The Concert

Choreography: Jerome Robbins Music: Frederic Chopin Premiere: New York City Ballet, 1956 Watch a video  In “101,” Balanchine calls The Concert “a charade in one act,” and, indeed, the piece is like a series of comedic sketches. The ballet begins … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker

Choreography: Lev Ivanov/Marius Petipa Music: Tchaikovsky Debut: Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg 1892 It’s that time of year again: the season when men, women and children everywhere assume an air of ballet knowledge and flock to see The Nutcracker. Suddenly and … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Beauty / Live from the Bolshoi at West End Cinema

Choreography:  Marius Petipa Music: Peter Tchaikovsky Debut: Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia  1890 An undeniably important ballet in the history of the art, The Sleeping Beauty has been presented time and again for over a century. The ballet has been … Continue reading

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The Clowns

Choreography: Gerald Arpino Music: Hershey Kay Debut: Joffrey Ballet 1968 Clowns – scary, right? Well, the ballet seems to add a new dimension of eeriness to the subject. Little is available online in terms of video or commentary but Balanchine … Continue reading

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Cinderella

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreography / Premieres:  Rotislav Zakharov – 1945 (Bolshoi Ballet) / Konstantin Sergeyev, 1946 (Kirov Ballet) Frederick Ashton – 1948 (Sadler’s Wells Ballet) Margot Fonteyn as Cinderella Alina Cojocaru as Cinderella Moira Shearer as Cinderella Ben Stevenson – 1970 (National Ballet … Continue reading

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